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Republic Day functions pass off peacefully in J&K

Reports of peaceful Republic Day celebrations have also come from different district headquarters of the Valley, Jammu and Ladakh regions

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Smartly turned out contingents of army, paramilitary forces, state police and school children participated in the parade. Pixabay
Smartly turned out contingents of army, paramilitary forces, state police and school children participated in the parade. Pixabay
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  • Peaceful Republic Day celebrations amid heightened security in J&K
  • Hoisting function and ceremonial parade were held at Maulana Azad Stadium
  • Mobile phone services were suspended as a precautionary measure

Amid heightened security, the Republic Day celebrations on Friday passed off peacefully in Jammu and Kashmir’s winter and summer capitals.

The main flag hoisting function and ceremonial parade were held at the Maulana Azad stadium in Jammu city where state governor N.N. Vohra unfurled the national flag and took the salute at an impressive parade.

Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, her cabinet colleagues, Assembly Speaker Kavinder Gupta, high court judges and senior army police and civil officials were also present at the function.

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People from across the social spectrum and school children also participated in country’s 69th Republic Day celebrations.

Cultural programmes by school children was a highlight of this year's Republic Day celebrations both in Jammu city and different district headquarters of the state. Pixabay
Cultural programmes by school children was a highlight of this year’s Republic Day celebrations both in Jammu city and different district headquarters of the state. Pixabay

In Srinagar city, the main function was held at the Sher-e-Kashmir cricket stadium where Revenue and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Abdul Rehman Veeri hoisted the Tricolour and took the salute at the parade.

Extraordinary security arrangements had been made this year for the Republic Day celebrations amid intelligence inputs that a non-local female suicide militant had entered Srinagar.

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Mobile phone services were suspended in the Valley as a precautionary measure, with the authorities saying they would be restored in the afternoon.

Reports of peaceful Republic Day celebrations have also come from different district headquarters of the Valley, Jammu and Ladakh regions.

Separatists had called for a shutdown across the Valley to attract international attention to the Kashmir dispute. (IANS)

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Despite freezing cold, R-Day celebrated in Himachal

Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Rajiv Saizal presided over the district-level function at Rekong Peo in snow-bound Kinnaur district

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  • Even though it was a freezing morning, Himachal Pradesh celebrated the 69th Republic Day
  • Acting Chief Justice Sanjay Karol hoisted the national flag
  • The Governor took the salute in an impressive parade by contingents of various forces

The 69th Republic Day was celebrated across Himachal Pradesh on Friday with gaiety despite a sunny but freezing morning in the state.

Governor Acharya Devvrat unfurled the national flag at the main function at the historic Ridge here.

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur, his Ministers and other dignitaries were present.

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Acting Chief Justice Sanjay Karol hoisted the national flag at a function held in the complex of the Himachal Pradesh High Court here.

The Governor took the salute in an impressive parade by contingents of police, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police, home guards, the army, the National Cadet Corps (NCC) and ex-servicemen. Wikimedia Commons
The Governor took the salute in an impressive parade by contingents of police, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police, home guards, the army, the National Cadet Corps (NCC) and ex-servicemen. Wikimedia Commons

In snow-bound Keylong, headquarters of Lahaul and Spiti, area legislator and Agriculture Minister Ram Lal Markanda presided over the official function.

Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Rajiv Saizal presided over the district-level function at Rekong Peo in snow-bound Kinnaur district.

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The Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), headquartered in Dharamsala town, also organized a brief ceremony at the Kashag (Tibetan cabinet) secretariat.

As CTA President Lobsang Sangay was on an official visit to Europe, officiating President Karma Gelek Yuthok hoisted the Indian national flag.

“I would like to congratulate and convey the greetings of the Central Tibetan Administration and the Tibetan people to India on this auspicious occasion,” he said in a message. (IANS)